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Thursday, 16 January 2014


Since getting an Apple TV for Christmas, I've shamelessly become addicted to Netflix. On days off from work, I've spent endless hours lounging in bed watching episode after episode of New Girl and falling asleep to random films that don't quite always hold my attention but keep me occupied until sleep takes over. I pretty much love Netflix because not only can I get completely up to date on my favourite shows, I've also discovered lots of different movies on there that I wouldn't have normally.

One of those films is Tonight You're Mine, which caught my attention when I was browsing the romance genre. The eye-catching colourful cover immediately intrigued me and when I looked it up on Wikipedia and saw it described as a 'British Rock 'n' Roll romantic comedy' I was already hooked. I love any romcoms that are also based around music, hence why I loved Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist so much, so I knew this wouldn't be any different. It's an indie flick which didn't get much recognition at the time either, and I'm a big fan of quirky different indie films.

Please note, this film is also known as 'You Instead' in the UK, but since I discovered it with it's American name, 'Tonight You're Mine', this feels more fitting to me!
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The film is set at T in the park, which is a really great background setting. The story captures the atmosphere of the music festival perfectly and I really loved that this festival and the subject of music was just as much as an important storyline as the romance. The story is about two 'rock stars' who meet and immediately argue, before some mysterious guy comes and handcuffs them together before zooming off in a little golf buggy thing. Unable to escape, the two singers have to spend the remainder of the day handcuffed together until they can find this man again.

In reality, the whole basis behind it is very cliché, but I can't deny that it made me smile. Considering they get off to such a bad start, the two characters - Adam, played by Luke Treadaway and Morello, played by Natalia Tena - end up discovering that when handcuffed together, they actually have a lot in common and may even have a better connection between them than they do with their other halves. I thought Luke Treadaway played his role very well, so much so that it wasn't until I had a proper look on Wikipedia afterwards that I realized he wasn't actually a rockstar/in a band in real life!

The film reminded me a lot of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist in that the two characters didn't hit it off right away and the whole film is based around one adventure that takes place over one night. This idea was really fun and meant that we really didn't miss any essential parts of their relationship developing or the way they slowly changed from disliking each other to friends instead.

The characters were a little annoying at first - Adam seemed to me like a cocky rockstar and Morello just seemed pretty irritating as well, but I think this worked well. As a viewer, I didn't think much of them to begin with which is how they saw each other. But as the film developed and so did their feelings for each other, I began to understand them both a little better. The film was kind of shot like a documentary, sometimes using a handheld camera affect too, so in a way it felt like I was also handcuffed to them as a viewer, not missing anything.

This film was really different and captured the essence of a music festival perfectly. It reminded me a LOT of those random nights you spend meeting strangers and creating friendships that might only last for that one night but seem so different during those hours where no one else seems to be awake. I think there's always an indescribable connection with the people you spend time with in the middle of the night and this film reflected this well.

Sure, the storyline and ending was a little predictable, but I think it was tackled in a really raw and different way. It wasn't a usual cliché love story, it was very human and realistic which I loved. I think it's definitely a film that doesn't sound all that great on paper and hasn't done particularly well financially, but will still become a firm favourite and might even gain a little cult following.

I'd recommend anyone giving this film a watch, especially if you enjoy indie films or you're a big fan of music and/or music festivals. It has a great soundtrack and also features some cool little appearances from other musicians (I loved spotting Kids In Glass Houses, another favourite band of mine). And, if anything, it'll definitely tempt you to attend a music festival and just give in and get lost to the music. It reminded me that music festivals are about more than just the music.

If you've got any spare time this weekend, I'd suggest grabbing some popcorn, putting your phone away and just spending some time watching this film. It might not be a huge blockbuster hit, but if you give it a chance and give it your undivided attention, I guarantee it'll become a firm favourite for you too.

 "Nobody is going to save the planet but you folks, you know that? You cram a hundred thousand people together, no music. What do you get? A riot. You give them music, we all in this together. Music turns a mob into a movement." - The Prophet  

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